Triston Casas Boston Red Sox

Age: 21 (January 15, 2000) | 6' 4" | 238lbs. | Bats: Left Minors: 1b-2
BOS A 2019 118 422 64 107 58 116 25 5 19 78 3 2 .254 .349 .472 12 24 .300 n/a
BOS A+ 2019 2 7 2 3 0 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 .429 .429 1.00 0 29 .500 n/a
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The Olympics are using an SSK ball (Japanese company) made in Sri Lanka - not the Mizuno ball used in NPB.  It's hand sewn as far as I understand.  It's pre-tacked leather, so it's not slippery like MLB's ball.  The seams are considered reasonably raised, and it's liked by the pitchers and hitters who have been interviewed.  Pitchers have said they don't need rosin b/c it's pre-tacked very well.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 3

I wonder what baseball is being used at the Olympics?

From Robert Arthur today at The Athletic:

... Teams have long had access to similar numbers in the minors. But until recently, none of that data was available in public. A recent dump of information from MLBAM shows that there are big differences in how low minors hitters make contact compared to their major league colleagues. They hit the ball less hard, less high, and thanks to a less-aerodynamic baseball, less far.

...  Though the upper minors now use the MLB baseball design, the lower minors utilize a different model, one built by machine in China. This ball, it appears, travels significantly less far for a given combination of exit velocity and launch angle than its major league equivalent. For example, a typical 23 degree, 97 mile per hour flyball in the majors goes about 346 feet. In the minors data, it goes 342 feet, or four feet less. It’s a small difference, but enough to matter a lot for whether the ball ends up over the fence.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 3

Reading up on last night's game between Japan and the US (I am not in the land of cable TV -- was it on?):

... Casas followed in the fifth with a three-run homer, but Japan’s dynamite bullpen, with arms throwing in the mid-90s, didn’t allow another run. Seiya Suzuki, a four-time Nippon All-Star, hit one so far off of American reliever Anthony Carter that it hit the back wall of the stadium in the bottom of the fifth. The Japanese scored another in that frame, setting the stage for their comeback in the ninth and 10th.

Japan plays the Koreans Wednesday, in “Game 7” of this tournament, and the winner advances to the gold-medal game. In the loser’s bracket, Israel plays the Dominican Republic on Tuesday in Game 5, with the loser out and the winner advancing to play the United States in Game 6. The winner of Game 6 moves on to Game 8 to face the loser of Japan-South Korea on Thursday, while the loser goes to the bronze-medal game. The loser of Game 8 also goes to the bronze-medal game, with the winner into the gold-medal game.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 3

Triston Casas, Double-A Portland (Red Sox)—Casas hit a two-run blast in the first inning to help Portland to a 9-3 win over Reading on Tuesday. The 21-year-old third baseman has not shown the same level of power since arriving in the upper minors, with five home runs in 44 games after hitting 20 in 120 games mostly at Low-A in 2019. Casas is hitting .268/.353/.409 with 28 RBIs and 21 walks.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 15

Triston Casas, Double-A Portland (Red Sox)—In his first game back since helping the United States qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, Casas went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Casas is off to a strong start this season, hitting .343/.418/.557 with four home runs and 17 RBIs.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 9

His season at the alternate training site in Pawtucket and further work in the instructional league has moved him up from No. 65 in last year's Top 100. His preternatural hitting ability has some in the organization believing "he is sufficiently advanced to fast track to the majors by the end of the season," according to the scouting report.

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Triston Casas

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Final 2020 Ranking: 65 
Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 40 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50 
Skinny: Boston is still in the early stages of rebuilding its farm system. Casas is one of the team's cornerstones for the future as he has preternatural hitting ability to go with his impressive power. 


Alex Patton Alex
Jan 20